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Your Secret Weapon Against Cavities

January 22, 2024

Did you know that your mouth has a secret weapon against cavities? It might get a bad reputation, but your saliva has many important functions that are often overlooked! Saliva isn’t just watery stuff. It’s a mix of enzymes, proteins, and minerals that play a key role in keeping your mouth healthy. Not only is your spit an important factor in your dental health, it’s also how your body communicates a variety of responses.

The Ultimate Crusader

Saliva is on a mission to fight off cavities. Cavities develop when acidic byproducts from bacteria and food build up over time. Luckily, saliva flow helps clean away food debris after eating. Saliva can also help neutralize remaining acids and even remineralize tooth enamel. Bad breath germs are also no match for the antibacterial compounds in saliva. Spit is like a mini army defending your teeth against harmful bacteria in so many ways.

Dry Mouth Danger Zone

Now, let’s talk about the dark side – dry mouth. It’s not just a minor inconvenience, it’s a red alert for your oral health! When your mouth dries up, it’s like leaving your teeth without a shield. Patients who experience dry mouth are at higher risk for cavities and gum disease. As we age, saliva production decreases. Medications, dehydration, and certain diseases can also reduce saliva flow. So, what do you do if you don’t have enough saliva?

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Saliva Boosters

Whether dry mouth symptoms are temporary or long lasting, there are some things you can do to help. Boost your saliva game with these simple tips:

At Midwest Dental, we’re committed to spit-balling, both dental facts and dental fun, to elevate your oral health knowledge! If you notice that you experience dry mouth regularly, especially if it’s happening every night, it’s time to discuss your symptoms with your dentist – we’re here to help!